Findler Co-authors New Book on Programming & Computing

The Second Edition, released by MIT Press, is available now.

Prof. Robby Findler has co-authored a newly published book, titled, "How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing", which teaches an introduction to programming placing computer science at the core of a liberal arts education. The Second Edition, released by MIT Press, is available now.

Unlike other introductory books, the focus lies on the program design process, presenting program design guidelines that show the reader how to analyze a problem statement, how to formulate concise goals, how to make up examples, how to develop an outline of the solution, how to finish the program, and how to test it.

This second edition has been completely revised. While the book continues to teach a systematic approach to program design, the second edition introduces different design recipes for interactive programs with graphical interfaces and batch programs. It also enriches its design recipes for functions with numerous new hints. Finally, the teaching languages and their IDE now come with support for images as plain values, testing, event-driven programming, and even distributed programming.

Co-authors include: Matthias Felleisen, Trustee Professor in the College of Computer Science at Northeastern University, Matthew Flatt, Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah, and Shriram Krishnamurthi, Professor of Computer Science at Brown University.

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